Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Visit the most famous and luxurious hotel is not so easy, you have to book in advance but enjoying a drink on 27th floor of this unique hotel it worths.The view is fantastic the prices not so much lol but for once in your life you can make a present to yourself :)
The Burj Al Arab is the most glamorous hotel in the world!!! On a trip to Dubai, if you cannot afford to stay here, you should at least try to visit! You will not be disappointed! It is so beautiful and luxurious!!!
The Burj Al Arab is located on a private road on it's own private island! To enter the hotel, you must make a reservation at one of the restaurants. I went for afternoon tea for $75. It was well worth it, and a tea time I will never forget!
Please see my Travelogue for more photos of the Burj.
This is the most famous picture from Dubai.
It is an extreme luxury hotel and very expensive. The hotel is 321 m high and is situated on Dubai coast.
We visited the hotel inside with a guide. INCREDIBLE !!
When Dubai is mentioned, many people think of the iconic Burj Al Arab - the hotel built out on a spit in the Gulf, that looks like a giant sail. The Burj claims to be "The Best Hotel in the World", and has given itself 7 stars. It is the world's tallest dedicated hotel, and all 202 of its suites and two-storey, with unbeatable views.
If you think the outside looks impressive, wait till you get inside - the "ostentatious opulence will leave you reeling" (to steal a quote from my Guide book). The lower lobby area has a dancing fountain, and two massive tropical fish-tank-walls. Ride up the escalator into the main lobby area, looking up as you do into the soaring atrium, with its over-the-top gold and blue décor. Then look down at the garish carpet that clashes terribly, but somehow works amongst the other gaudy appointments.
To get up close to the Burj Al Arab, you need to either be staying there, or have an advance reservation to dine in one of the restaurants, or to have a drink in one of the bars. As you can imagine, dining doesn't come cheap here, so one of the more economical options is to go for afternoon tea. Booking a few weeks in advance, the only afternoon tea slot available was at 5.30pm in the Sahn Eddar Atrium Bar, located off the hotel's lobby.
We arrived by taxi, and as we came to the hotel gates, on the mainland, the guard requested to see our booking confirmation. We were then waved through, drove along the spit, and were dropped off at the front door. We arrived early, which gave us plenty of time for taking photos outside, and then inside the lobby area. Photos are allowed in the lobby area, but not in any of the bars or restaurants to protect the privacy of the exclusive guests.
Although the afternoon tea was not at the standard one would imagine from a 7 star hotel, it was well worth it to gain admittance to this architectural marvel.
These twin hotels have become symbols of modern Dubai. Both hotels offer some of the best entertainment and most elegant dining and shopping in the city.
The Jumeirah Beach Hotel dates back to the 1990s and boasts incredible sweeping lines of glass looking out to sea on the edge of golden Jumeirah beach.
Its even more spectacular sibling was only opened in December 1999. The "Arab Tower" looks like it has just emerged from the set of a sci-fi movie, stretching high into the heavens and occupying its own manmade island. The billowing sail shape makes it one of the most spectacular hotels in the world, architecturally speaking. The restaurant and skyview bar on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab accesses the best views in the city, stretching along the coast or inland across modern Dubai.
After having lived in Dubai for almost a year we finally did visit the Burj al Arab in May 07 to celebrate my wife's birthday.
I had booked the Afternoon tea package for both of us. That is by the way the most "economical way" of visiting the Burj and a very nice one too.
First of all you have a choice of many different kinds of teas. Once you've selected yours, they serve the tea, along with some small, but very good sandwiches. After that you get a tray full of small cakes and sweets.
All in all it was a very nice experience.
If you want to book an Afternoon tea package for yourself, make sure that you do that at least a month in advance. To do so, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone seems to think this is the best hotel in the world. It accurately resembles what it was meant to resemble: a billowing sail. It is certainly in a great location with the madinat jumeirah a 5 minute walk away.
When you are in Dubai, you just have to take picture of yourself with Burj al-Arab. This is the most luxurious hotel in the world - the only 7-star hotel! I didn't even know they have that many stars! Well, you can't enter the hotel unless you are a guest or have some reservations with one of the dining outlets. Although someone was telling me you can pay your way through for US$50. Don't know if that's true. But who cares? The sight of Burj al-Arab from outside is good enough. Don't miss it! You can take good and clear pictures from Souq Madinat Jumeirah or the nearby beaches. You can also drive up to the entrance (though you can't enter) and take a picture from there.
Visiting the famous Burj Al Arab should be straightdforward enough - you simply make a reservation there (dinner, high tea, whatever) and you are allowed in... pity that when we tried to book (much ahead, low season) it turned out to be fully booked...
We did not give up and once in Dubai we asked our hoptel if there were any chances. They said: maybe. The same evening we were informed that a) it was fully booked 2) they had a contact there and we could go and tour it the following day.
So we went: a lebanese guy in a fancy car picked us up - from his visit card he appeared to own a rent-a-car agency. Bizarre. Even more bizarre is that there was a philippino woman in the car with him, that he had just met the previous day (and who seemed to know the doorman at the burj): she went in with xaver, I went in with my husband. The Lebense guy came in through the back door some 10 minutes later. He knew the hotel well and took us around - the philippino woman had not been to the hotel before and was amazed as we were. Even more bizarre.
Anyway the hotel is all glittering in gold... tacky in a way - but very much worth a visit.
...you can only do so if you are a guest of the hotel or you have a reservation in one of the bars/restaurants. Security is very tight at this hotel, and you will be stopped by a security guard before you can enter.
If you do want to visit the hotel but don't fancy paying the high prices to stay in their suites, then I recommend making a reservation for afternoon tea at the Sky Bar. Price is about 25GBP per person. Email the hotel to make reservations.
As you can see, the burj is illuminated up in different colours at night (which change every 5-10 minutes). So if you're driving past nearby, make sure to catch a few snaps (at distance).
HI THERE, FIRST OF ALL DUBAI IS THE MODERN CITY IN THE WORLD, WHICH IS EVRY THING IS NOW, TALL, INCREDEBLE CITY, DUBAI FAMOUSE IN TOWERS MORE THAN 60 TO 80 STORES,
AS WELL WE ARE THE BEST HOTLE IN THE WORLD FROM THE LUXURIES AND AMMIZING HOTELS SUCH AS BURJ ALARB, AS WELL ONE&ONLY ROYAL MIRAGE HOTEL. MORE AND MORE AND I CAN'T DISCRIB IT IN WORDS, ANY WAY WE HAVE ALL OVER THE WORLD RESTURANTS FLAVORES SUCH AS INDIAN, ITALY, BAVARIANS MUNICH, RUSSIA, ARABIC AND AFFIRECAN COUESINA, AS WELL WE HAVE THE SNOW AT SUMMER TIME I MEAN BIGGEST SKY IN THE MALL.
Burj Al Arab is a part of The Jumeirah Beach Resort, situated 17km south of the city of Dubai. It is designed to resemble a billowing sail; the hotel soars to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Dubai coastline. At night, it offers an unforgettable sight, surrounded by choreographed color sculptures of water and fire. This all-suite hotel reflects the finest that the world has to offer.
This is a hotel, but for most people it cannot be an accomodation tip as the cost of a room starts from 1.300 euro per night.
It is known to be the only 7 stars hotel in the world, but I am still wondering who decided it has 7 starts as, as far as I know, the maximum is still 5.
Officially you can visit the hotel booking a table for an evening tea(about 80 euros) or a dinner at their beach restaurant(about 70 euro), we couldn't do that as everything was booked and got to enter tipping a taxi driver(50 euro for 3 persons) with some contacts inside.
Definitly beautiful and spectacular inside but somehow kitsch for my tastes.
I've got mixed feelings about this one. On some nights, I'm mesmerized by this mirage-like structure arising out of the deceptively calm sea. A tall, breathtaking beauty whose outer visage keeps changing colour at regular intervals... from an azure blue to a lullaby-like pink.
Then I remember how filthily gaudy it is from the inside. A bling-obsessed ode to bad taste. And a photographed-to-death symbol of "glittering", "picture-perfect" Dubai.
There's no denying the indescribable mystique surrounding the Burj. It's just that some things are better left to the imagination, especially when the reality is SO over-the-top. Personally, this wouldn't make my list of Dubai must-sees. But I'm aware that many of you are attracted to the Burj al Arab - so do enjoy its drama if you get the chance.
it is so unusual- a hotel designed to look like a sailing boat. It is probably the most expensive hotel in the world.
It has a lift that goes at such speed- something like 40 floors in 40 seconds.
Outside there is a lake and it is possible to take a short trip on it if you are staying at the resort.
There's only a few hotels in the world that are famous enough to become tourist attractions in their own right. Burj Al Arab is one of them. Opened in 1999 it has become an iconic landmark for the city. It costs a fair bit to stay in the world's first 'seven-star' hotel that is actually classed as five-star deluxe and there's a whole host of reasons why. Built on an artificial island, 280m offshore, the 320m sail shaped hotel houses 202 suites - each with their own private butler. Everything that looks like it's gold actually is - 24 carat gold leafed furnishings and fittings.